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Play park reopens after huge facelift

Having fun at the refurbished Seven Oaks play park in Cramlington. Picture by Jane Coltman
Having fun at the refurbished Seven Oaks play park in Cramlington. Picture by Jane Coltman

A Cramlington play park has reopened following a £100,000 refurbishment.

Town councillors Mark Swinburn and Loraine De Simone arranged for the responsibility for the Seven Oaks park to be transferred to the town council so it could benefit from the same input that other areas have received.

Couns John Collins, Mark Swinburn and Loraine de Simone with youngsters at the opening. Picture by Jane Coltman

Couns John Collins, Mark Swinburn and Loraine de Simone with youngsters at the opening. Picture by Jane Coltman

Once agreed, the council sourced £100,000 of funding to revamp the area.

Play experts Kompan were consulted and every effort has been made to design a park that is as inclusive as possible for youngsters of all ages and abilities.

Local schoolchildren were also involved in choosing what equipment would be installed.

The chairman of the council, Coun John Collins, was invited to cut the ribbon and watch the children test out all the new features.

Coun Mark Swinburn and his family at Seven Oaks. Picture by Jane Coltman

Coun Mark Swinburn and his family at Seven Oaks. Picture by Jane Coltman

He said: “Watching the children having such a good time in the play area is proof that all the hard work put in by councillors and staff has been worthwhile. It is a delight to see the youngsters having such a good time’.

Coun Swinburn added: This is just the start, we want Seven Oaks to be a community area, and we want people to tell us what they would like to see here, so please get in touch with us to let us know how you would like the area to develop.”

Fun at the new-look play park. Picture by Jane Coltman

Fun at the new-look play park. Picture by Jane Coltman

Having a swinging time at Cramlington. Picture by Jane Coltman

Having a swinging time at Cramlington. Picture by Jane Coltman

Trying out the new equipment at Seven Oaks play park in Cramlington. Picture by Jane Coltman

Trying out the new equipment at Seven Oaks play park in Cramlington. Picture by Jane Coltman